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Bleacher Report Introduces the "B/R POWER 50" List of 2018's Most Influential People in Sports Culture


Bleacher Report today introduces the B/R POWER 50, a definitive
list of the Top 50 Most Influential People in Sports Culture. The
B/R POWER 50 acknowledges a mix of athletes and celebrities who have
most influenced sports culture in 2018, from Cristiano Ronaldo and Jimmy
Garoppolo to Aly Raisman and Meek Mill. Their actions embody what it
means for an influencer to blaze their own path and/or use their
platform for good.

The B/R POWER 50 is built by 39 influential writers, athletes and fans –
from Steve Nash to #MeToo founder Tarana Burke, Michael Bennett, Ros
Gold-Onwude and more. The team of writers, athletes and fans contributed
to 50 profiles and essays, which will be shared all week across Bleacher
Report's platforms, including its award-winning app.

"This list isn't just about the ability to change teams and scores, to
sell records or to set them," said Adena Jones, Deputy Managing Editor
for B/R Mag. "It's a re-definition – a declaration – of the power within
people to influence lives through sports, and for sports to change our

The B/R POWER 50 encompasses five categories of sports culture:

  • BOSS UP: "Ballers" making money moves and entrepreneurs making
    their personal brands shine. Take Jimmy Garoppolo as an example – one
    of five B/R POWER 50 cover stories, the San Francisco 49ers
    quarterback told B/R staff writer Joon Lee that when he got to the
    Patriots, "I thought in my head, ‘I'm better than this dude.'" That
    dude? Tom Brady.
  • SHAKE IT UP: Groundbreakers causing domino effects across
    entire industries, such as rapper Meek Mill, who opened up to B/R
    contributor Rembert Browne about watching the Super Bowl from jail
    while the Eagles celebrated to his hit song.
  • LEVEL UP: Game changers playing in entire new ways under
    pressure, much like world football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, who
    B/R Football's Steve Nash compares to Michael Jordan.
  • SPEAK UP: Conversation starters amplifying underrepresented
    groups and issues, including former gymnast Aly Raisman. As her fellow
    survivor tells B/R writer-at-large Mirin Fader, Raisman's activism
    shows "how impactful one voice can be."
  • GLOW UP: Stars breaking through so fast you didn't even see
    them coming, such as Donovan Mitchell, who become one of the biggest
    headliners in the NBA during his rookie season.

The B/R POWER 50 is available now at POWER50.BLEACHERREPORT.COM.

About Bleacher Report

Bleacher Report is the premier digital destination for millennial sports
fans creating and collaborating on the culture of sports for the next
generation of fans. Its vision for making sports bigger than games has
led to unmatched engagement on social media, where it consistently ranks
as a top publisher on each platform. Bleacher Report also provides an
industry-leading fan experience on mobile devices through Bleacher
Report, the top-rated smartphone and tablet app. Find Bleacher Report at
and on Instagram @BleacherReport.
Bleacher Report is a division of Turner Sports.

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